The field-based practicum is designed to give educators opportunities and experiences to illustrate their skills and understanding for implementing project-based learning in their classroom. This understanding is shown through preparing for implementing and managing the Gold Standard of PBL and content instruction using a wide range of resources and technology successfully. The content and instruction is based on the use and application of PBL techniques. The teachers will also have the opportunity to build relationships with colleagues. Utilizing the content knowledge and experience from Applications of Project-Based Learning in Curriculum and Instruction, teachers will implement a PBL project.
This course is centered around the text, Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning, which seeks to investigate the theories on instructional practice and to find what actually accelerates student learning based on research. The authors review the Gold Standard Project Based Learning, which brings together proven instructional practices and learning strategies. This particular book advances the thinking and applies it to the specific context of project-based learning.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Are You Ready for PBL?
Week 3: Managing Phase 1 – the entry event, driving question, and the list of student questions
Week 4: Managing Phase 2 – building knowledge, understanding, and skills
Week 5: Managing Phase 3 – developing, critiquing, and revising products
Week 6: Managing Phase 4 and Technology – presenting products
Week 7: Leading a PBL Implementation Effort
This course is the third of three that leads to a Project-Based Learning Endorsement. Prior to taking this course, participants should have enrolled in, completed, and passed the following courses:
- Introduction to Project-Based Learning
- Applications of Project-Based Learning in Curriculum and Instruction
Coursework related to this endorsement prepares educators to implement project-based learning with students in classrooms and schools and to provide mentoring, support, and professional development to other educators seeking to implement this methodology with students in their classrooms.
This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning by John Larmer, John Mergendoller, & Suzie Boss is a required professional book for this class. It can be ordered from Amazon as a digital edition for $18.86, or in paperback for $25.25. All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop, other than the book mentioned above, are available online.